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KITSCHY, KITSCHY, COOL: THE FLAVOR OF OLD FLORIDA

Old Florida souvenirs and memorabilia were the talk of the town when the Floridiana Festival came to the Gulfport Casino and Ballroom on Saturday. Above, Chris Smith and her husband, Mike, of Haines City browse a booth at the event. About 35 exhibitors, including five Florida Highwaymen artists, brought an assortment of items that included furnishings, decor, art, and retro fashion accessories. Promoter Annette Vedsegaard-Ross of Hula Hula Productions, which organized the event, said, "If it fit into Florida '40s or '50s homes, you can find that here." She estimated that about 1,400 people attended. Also at the show? Plenty of vintage gifts, with themes of alligators, flamingos and orange groves, synonymous with the legendary tourist traps and roadside attractions of the '50s and '60s.

This birdhouse - which has a door that opens - is a newer item with that same kitschy Florida feel as the older collectibles.

An old postcard affixed to a can promoting "Genuine Canned Florida Sunshine" was among the treasures to be found.

What would this show be without a Disney item? On this clock, Mickey declares it's "Time to Save."

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